Aloft - Downtown Milwaukee
1230 Old World Third Street · Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212 Phone:(414) 226-0122
I need to give two ratings; Hotel 3 (If I could do 3.75, i would); surrounding area: 2
The hotel of choice on this trip was the Aloft. It's location is very close to the River walk, and maybe 15 minutes walk to downtown. It's also located on a street that has a pretty good (but wild) night life - if you're into drinking, and dancing then this location is for you!
The hotel itself is a new concept: trendy, chic. You might say it's more suited for those young 20 to 30 whippersnappers. The hotel itself is decorated very modern: base bowl sinks, swank leather sofa, high ceilings.
I did not encounter any crazy people running down the halls or hearing neighbors; I recommend you get the top floor.
+ Location can’t be beat; 10-15 minute walk to downtown (desolated however, not much activity), pretty much central to anywhere you want to go
+ Friendly Employees (and a roaming security guard to keep things under control in the hotel itself)
+ Great lobby for unwinding - comfortable seating, pool table, table to plug-in for computers, pads, etc, snacks for purchase (over-priced, but its hotel pricing…)
+ 24-hour pool/workout access (splash pool, but great none-the-less)
Room safe: big enough for your laptop and other electronics
+ Free and speedy WiFi
- LOUD bars and clubs surround this triangular hotel. Music blaring starting mid-day going into the night; apparently a gentlemen’s agreement between the hotel and the bars to turn off music blasting into the streets at midnight (per a desk rep); not followed through on Sunday night. Had to call down to desk and ask (at 1245AM), when the music was going to stop.
- No cabinets for clothing; you’ll have to figure it out with the cubby-holes they created for the closet; hanging clothes cannot be placed horizontally across (closet area could have been extended 2 more inches); cubby-holes for suitcases - maybe two - but what if you have a family of 3 or 4?
- People LOVE to slam their doors; they should invest in door mechanism or just a note on the desk when you arrive - respect your neighbors, try to catch the door when you close it…
- Watch out for the courtyard - if anyone is loud yammering in the late night - call to the desk - they will hand it for you.
- Bathroom: YES - no vents to switch on if you have smelly poop ;) YES - the doors do not close all the way - so you have a peephole — all they needed was another 1 to 1.5 inches for the door to make this happen — they still can since they roll…but basically - don't be peeking in!
- Last, but no least, $25/day valet parking — I suppose its the norm; steep; you can get $15/day (prepaid - cash only) across the street with in and out privileges. You’d think if you were a SPG member; maybe you’d get special pricing for $15/day…think about it.
NOT A CON, BUT CHOOSE WISELY: They have a 'green program" whereby if you put a card out on your door, housekeeping will NOT visit you, and you get a $5 voucher for the re:charge station in the lobby; In most hotels, you would still get housekeeping to come in and make the bed, clean up the bathroom, etc. (but not clean sheets)... NOT HERE if you choose the program; I would not sign up at registration if you're planning to stay more than a night. I got confused; but they sent up the cleaning people (at 5pm) and took me off the list.
Final Thoughts: I loved the hotel; but HATED the surrounding area with all the loud noise from the neighboring clubs. Had I known about this, I’d have rethought the location.
Would I go back?
Only if there was a guarantee that all blasting bar music shuts off at MIDNIGHT (or sooner) with no grumblings from the clubs - or if the hotel gave a free night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a modern boutique-style hotel near the business district, Bradley Center arena, Milwaukee River, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and is 15 minutes from MKE Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Milwaukee Downtown Hotel Milwaukee